Food needs be approachable, both in the sense that it has to be affordable and unpretentious when delivered to the table. People come here to enjoy themselves and will come back if it's good and affordable. That couple in the corner - they are here four times a week!
I'm preparing our specialty bouillabaisse a la Marseillaise. I love anything that can swim, it's my favorite food to prepare. It allows me to combine with so many delicious sauces - no limits really!
I go to Hunts Point market often as I like to pick my products. I'm very picky about finding the right products to serve to my customers.
And the reason why I go to do groceries myself is because everything is about the quality of the food. The simpler the recipe, the better the outcome. But only if the quality of the produce is good.
We get customers who are not always familiar with French classic dishes. I've had people order the bourguignon expecting to have a bouillabaisse!
I've been a chef for over 40 years. And to this day, the most satisfying thing to me is when we have a perfectly smooth day in the kitchen - it's all about the collaboration.